Fellowships and internships

We welcome applications from students from Australia and elsewhere to explore aspects of the NFSA’s collection, activities and preservation and curatorial processes.

If accepted, you will work at one of the NFSA’s offices on a designated project for an agreed period, mentored by our staff. In turn we benefit from your skills, ideas and knowledge, and we continue to support the development of skills in audiovisual archiving.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • undertaking tertiary study;
  • be sponsored by your educational institution as part of (and insured by) a formal work experience or internship program.

The duration of internships can be negotiated but generally does not exceed six full-time working weeks. A typical internship is one-to-two days per week for a semester, working in one of our curatorial (sound, broadcast, film, documents and artefacts) or preservation teams.

Work can be carried out at our Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne offices. The majority of internships are usually accepted in the Canberra office because the largest percentage of our workforce is located there. No payments will be made to you or your institution and you will be responsible for any associated travel expenses.

Acceptance of these internships is at the discretion of the NFSA and will be influenced by available resources and the skills and background of the applicants.

Contact us

To apply for an internship please register your details on the NFSA Temporary Employment Register.

Select the 'University Internship’ classification, and select relevant areas of interest to ensure consideration by the appropriate sections.


Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship

The NFSA, in partnership with First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), offers an Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship for remote media and archive workers who deal with cultural audiovisual collections.

The fellowship is open to organisations developing strategies and structures to archive and preserve cultural heritage materials, particularly in audiovisual formats. Representatives of the successful organisation will travel to Canberra to spend three days at the NFSA and AIATSIS, and take part in a workshop organised in Alice Springs and/or their home community.

Previous recipients have included Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media (PY Media).